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Cast gold pendant rendering a zoomorphic (bat-derived ?) figure playing two flutes. The half-spheres atop his head are thought to represent hallucinogenic mushrooms. See 320.1985 for a similar pendant.

Provenance

With John Wise, Ltd., New York, by 1946; to George Booth, Cranbrook Foundation, Detroit, Michigan, in 1946; sold at auction, Cranbrook Collection, in 1972; to John Wise, Ltd., New York, in 1972; to MFA, March 1973, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Darién or Zenú (Sinú), San Jacinto style group, A.D. 500–1550

Object Place

Sucre or Cordoba Departments or Darién Peninsula, Chocó region, Colombia

Dimensions

17.78 x 13.33 cm (7 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1973.145

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants